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Posted on: Jun 17, 2020
Our group, like the rest of the country, has seen painful episodes of injustice culminate in protests and rioting. What should our response be as women and as attorneys? The Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct provide that a lawyer, as a member of the legal profession is, among other things, “a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice.” (Ind. Professional Conduct, Preamble.) What is our role and response as a group of women who have a special responsibility for the quality of justice? The Women and the Law Division (WLD) invites you to join us as we seek to answer this question.
 
Every woman on our executive committee is committed to listening to our members. We invite and encourage your comments. You are welcome to email me or anyone on the committee listed below with your message. Or, you may communicate with other WLD members. You may post your message on the WLD listserv at indybar-women@lists.membercentral.com or on the blog on our website. We have created a platform where our members can engage in constructive conversations about systemic racism, economic justice and the law. We accept that discomfort may be a necessary part of change.
 
Lawyers learn by reading. The WLD Beyond the Book Club next meets on August 18. We have recently selected our book: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi. In addition, we have created a list of resources on our website listing books, and links to videos or documentaries that can help provide context and understanding for the fear, anger and frustration that exists in America today. Our learning can create awareness of our own implicit biases and prejudices, so that we are not held captive by them. So, we can see injustice.
 
These efforts will enable us to help. Listening and learning will increase our understanding of the role lawyers can play in helping society make progress on social and legal issues; to make us better able to improve the quality of justice within our country. In addition, we can help by the choices we make in our communities, our workplaces and our families. We all have power within our own little circle of life. The present circumstances demand that we use our power to confront injustice. To make space at the table for our diverse colleagues.  
 
Change must begin in our own house. We, serving as leaders for the WLD, must examine whether we seek diverse perspectives about the actions we take and how our organization can support positive change going forward. As members of the legal community, we are uniquely qualified to help our country create peace through justice. Please join us in making the effort.
 
Thanks very much, 
 
2020 WLD Chair
Therese Hannah
 
Chair-Elect
Victoria Calhoon
 
Secretary
Andrea Ciobanu
 
Immediate Past-Chair
Lucy Dollens
 
At-Large Members
Diane Black
Allyson Emley
Melissa Hamer-Bailey
Kelley Johnson
Ruth Johnson
Hon. Helen W. Marchal
Kayla Moody-Grant
Ellen Pactor
Elizabeth Schuerman
Lauren Sorrell
Erika Steuerwald
Amina Thomas
Macharri Vondran-Jones
 
If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Women and the Law Division, please email Kara Sikorski at ksikorski@indybar.org.
 
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